Stone County inmate awaiting prison opening for rape sentence now facing battery charge after fight with new cellmate

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A Stone County man being held for the state of Arkansas in the Stone County Jail has been charged with beating his new cellmate.

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, officials say a fight between Lloyd Eugene Stair (pictured above in his booking photo from the jail), 48, who has entered a negotiated plea of guilty to rape (click here for that story), and another inmate broke out in Pod 33 of the Stone County Jail.

Circuit court information says the two had just become cellmates, and the fight was over who got to use the bottom bunk in the pod.

The victim had been told by the person who just vacated the bunk that he (the victim) could use it. The court document said Stair “was expecting” the bunk, saying he had trouble using the upper bunk.

The jail video shows that after words were exchanged between the two cellmates, a fight ensued with the victim pushing Stair back from the bunk multiple times, authorities say. Stair then punches the other inmate, and gets him on the floor, continuing to strike him repeatedly on the head.  

The court record says Stair punched the inmate twice standing, and then another nine times while on top of him on the floor.

The court documents also note the inmate sustained significant and serious injuries requiring him to be flown to UAMS in Little Rock for advanced treatment of those injuries.  

Stair has been charged with second-degree felony battery and impairing the operation of a vital public facility, namely a jail. He is also being charged as a habitual offender.  

His bond was set at $10,000, which is meaningless since he is awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Corrections once an opening becomes available. 

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